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Last Updated: Monday, 15 December, 2003, 12:41 GMT
Kalla gets three game ban
Former Cameroon international Raymond Kalla
Kalla won more than 80 caps for Cameroon's Indomitable Lions

Cameroon defender Raymond Kalla has been banned for three matches for breaching anti-doping rules.

Kalla, who plays for VfL Bochum in the German Bundesliga, is the third African footballer to fall foul of doping procedures in recent months.

The 28-year-old broke doping rules by failing to report a medication he was taking for back pains.

The German Football Association (DFB) launched an investigation after Kalla tested positive for the anti-inflammatory medication triamcinolone after a league match against Schalke on 19 October.

After a disciplinary hearing, the DFB has suspended the player for three matches.

Kalla, who retired from international football after the 2002 World Cup finals, joined Vfl Bochum in June of that year.

In the last three months, two Africans playing in Italy - Inter Milan's Sierra Leonean striker Mohammed Kallon and Perugia's Libyan striker Al-Saadi Gaddafi - have tested positive for nandrolone and both face lengthy bans from football.




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